25 May 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 25 May 2015
Psalms 62 and 63
For God my soul waits in silence: my salvation and my hope come from God. All people and things and powers are temporary. God is our rock and fortress and we shall not be shaken. Steadfast love belongs to God.
As a drought-ravaged land seeks water so our souls seek God. God’s love is better than life. God’s love is like a rich feast. Meditating on God causes our souls to sing.
The psalm ends with a plea for personal security.
Deuteronomy 5: 22 – 6: 3
Moses reminds the people how they were so afraid of hearing God’s voice out of the fire on the mountain they asked Moses to be the only one to talk with God. God and Moses think this correct and God hopes that the people will continue that respect and obey the commandments. Moses writes down all the ordinances and commands from God. Moses is charged to teach them to the people so that they observe them when they occupy the Promised Land.
Acts 2: 1 – 13
The Holy Spirit with the sound of a violent wind comes to the disciples and others where they are gathered. Divided tongues of fire rested on each person’s head. They begin speaking in other languages about God’s deeds of power, which, people from all the parts of the Mediterranean can understand. Most are perplexed asking, what can this mean? There were some who just think they are drunk.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Milawa Vic. 2015|
Monday 25 May April 2015
Psalms 64 and 67
The first psalm is about those who do evil and think no one can see or hear them. God knows. God sees. God will respond. Let the righteous rejoice and take refuge in God.
The second psalm is a blessing. “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us” (v 1). The blessing asks too that our lives be testament to God’s glory. May the whole world sing praise and rejoice.
Judges 15: 9 – 20
Samson is hiding in the rock at Etam. The Philistines raid Judah. The men of Judah speak with the Philistines and ask the reason for the raid. Hearing, they go to the rock, talk with Samson and ask him to submit to being bound and take to the Philistines. Samson accepts provided the Judeans do not hurt him.
On arrival, the Philistines come shouting towards at Samson. The Spirit of the Lord rushes on Samson. The ropes binding him fall off. He picks up a jawbone of a donkey and kills many Philistines. He calls to God since he is thirsty and a spring appears in a hollow place.
Samson judges the people for 20 years.
1 Corinthians 14: 26 – 40
Paul requires the Corinthians to conduct their gatherings is an orderly way. To only bring to the group those things that will build and strengthen the group, to take turns, to listen and to leave questions to private places so as not to disrupt.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Silverton NSW 2015 L Osburn
God of wonderful gifts of grace and freedom, we praise you and thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. You provide your Spirit to those oppressed and suffering and those worshipping you in peace. Keep our hearts open to your Spirit. Guide our actions by your love so that in an orderly way we build each individual and our whole communities in faith, rejoicing and praise through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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